Initial Fraction Ideas: Lesson 3

Visual models support young mathematicians as they deepen their fractional number sense in this elementary math lesson plan. Using fraction circle manipulatives, children explore basic unit fractions as they develop the fundamental understanding that fractions are parts of a whole.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow children to work with a partner when solving the different fraction problems during whole class instruction
  • On the worksheet, have students practice writing fractions in both number and word form
  • Develop a graphic organizer that supports students with creating a reference sheet about the different unit fractions
  • If the technology is available, allow children to use the online fraction circle manipulatives when completing the worksheet
  • Extend the lesson by introducing students to the concept of equivalent fraction
Classroom Considerations

  • If sets of plastic fraction circles are not available in your class, use the included template to make sets of the manipulatives for each student
Pros

  • Includes templates for creating sets of fraction circle manipulatives
  • Multiple online resources are provided as additional learning support
  • Provides a clear procedure with notes and suggestions that support teachers when implementing the lesson
Cons

  • None